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The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Science Fiction series that aired in the '80s

These are the best 1980s Sci Fi shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. There were good '80s sci fi series that were set centuries in the future, and there were other great 1980s sci fi programs that took place in distant galaxies. A few of the most popular 1980s sci fi shows have been reimagined in films and modern TV series.

What programs are featured on this best 1980s sci fi shows list? Star Trek: The Next Generation is the gold standard when it comes to science fiction television from the 1980s. Throughout the series, Patrick Stewart commanded the USS Enterprise as the ship's captain, Jean-Luc Picard. Alf was one of the best 1980s sitcoms to incorporate sci fi story-lines into its ongoing series.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 was such a popular program in the 1980s that it successfully completed a 2015 Kickstarter campaign to return to television. Other great series featured on this top 1980s sci fi shows list include Doctor Who, Quantum Leap and Small Wonder.

Which 80s science fiction show do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to vote them up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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Terrahawks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Gerry Anderson & Christopher Burr's Terrahawks, simply referred to as Terrahawks, is a 1980s British science fiction television series produced by Anderson Burr Pictures and created by the ...more

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Manimal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Manimal is an American action–adventure series that ran from September 30 to December 17, 1983 on NBC. The show centers on the character Dr. Jonathan Chase, a shape-shifting man who possessed ...more
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The Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
The Phoenix
The Phoenix is a 1982 television series starring Judson Scott which was on ABC for about one month. The plot revolved around an ancient extraterrestrial named Bennu of the Golden Light, who is ...more
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Sapphire & Steel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Sapphire & Steel is a British television science-fiction fantasy series starring David McCallum as Steel and Joanna Lumley as Sapphire. Produced by ATV, it ran from 1979 to 1982 on the ITV ...more
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Kinvig is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Kinvig
Kinvig is a sci-fi comedy television series made by London Weekend Television 1981.
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Otherworld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Otherworld is an American science fiction series that aired for only eight episodes from January 26 to March 16, 1985 on CBS. It was created by Roderick Taylor as a sort of Lost in Space on ...more
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Small Wonder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Small Wonder is an American science fiction sitcom that aired in first-run syndication from September 7, 1985 to May 20, 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who secretly ...more

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The Powers of Matthew St... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
The Powers of Matthew Star is an American sci-fi television series that aired from September 17, 1982 through April 8, 1983, on NBC. It starred Peter Barton as the title character, alien prince ...more